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There was never going to a huge contingent of QMJHL players on the Canadian roster at this year’s IIHF U20 World Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.
A late addition from the NHL could pay dividends for Canada’s World Junior team. Victor Mete, a London Knights product who earned a spot with the Montreal Canadiens as a 19-year-old, has been loaned to Team Canada in the hopes of pushing them to gold.
Team Canada will be out for vengeance on Boxing Day. With seven players returning to the IIHF World Junior Championship from last year’s silver medal winning Canadian squad, the young men in red and white boast one of the strongest team’s in recent memory — and it starts from the goaltender out.
While it’s still an uncommon avenue to choose from compared to the CHL, there have been many NCAA players who have made an impact for Canada at the World Juniors.
The days where Canada can run away with the tournament are over. Most of us are old enough to remember Canada winning five straight golds on two separate occasions (1993-97 and 2005-09), but hockey is a much different game now and it’s clear that there are plenty of powerhouse nations who will put Canada to work. Here’s a look at this year’s competition.
They finally made it. After summer selection camp, the World Junior showcase, a much-anticipated NHL loaner in Victor Mete and a few other late additions who weren’t invited to the summer showcase, the final 22 are setting their sights on Buffalo and their first game against Finland.
This year is as tough as any to pick. Canada’s roster has seven returnees (if Fabbro can go). Ducharme is shaking things up zero draft eligible players and three NCAA players. Canada has a substantially better medal and gold medal winning percentage when the tourney is on North American ice.
ISS Hockey releases their Top 31 list of prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft, and defenceman Noah Dobson made a giant leap to #19 after cracking the list at 31 last month.
Team Canada is finalized and ready to play for World Junior gold. Hockey Canada released the final five players Friday night after the team completed its four-day selection camp with a 5-2 win over Team Denmark in St. Catharines.
Canada’s World Junior roster will be rich with returnees in all three areas of the ice. Headlining the list of invitees to Hockey Canada’s selection camp are seven returning players: a goalie (Carter Hart), three forwards (Dillon Dube, Taylor Raddysh and Michael McLeod) and three defencemen (Kale Clague, Jake Bean and Dante Fabbro).
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